Paulina Bren

Adjunct Professor of Multidisciplinary Studies and Director of Women, Feminist, and Queer Studies on the Pittsburgh Chair in the Humanities

Paulina Bren teaches in International Studies, Women’s Studies, and Media Studies.  Her book, The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free, will be published with Simon & Schuster in Spring 2021.  Her previous books include The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism after the 1968 Prague Spring (Cornell UP, 2010), which won the Council for European Studies 2012 Book Prize, the Austrian Studies Association 2012 Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Vucinich Book Award. She is also co-editor of a collection of essays entitled Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe (Oxford UP, 2012).

BA, Wesleyan University; MA, University of Washington; PhD, New York University
At Vassar since 2015


Old Laundry Building
Box 34

Research and Academic Interests

20th Century
Cultural History


INTL 106 Perspectives in International Studies
WMST 130 Introduction to Women’s Studies

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

Professor Bren is the author of “The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free.”
Paulina Bren has written a “captivating portrait” (The Wall Street Journal), both “poignant and intriguing” (The New Republic): from award-winning author Paulina Bren comes the remarkable history of New York’s most famous residential hotel and the women who stayed there, including Grace Kelly, Sylvia Plath, and Joan Didion.


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